Myself and two of my friends took this wonderful 3.5 hour train ride through the Verde Canyon today 12/15/20. Five star event. We were in the Yuma car, a first class car- of which I was told they all are except for 2 of them. Comfortable sofa seating, very clean, nice bathroom also clean, nice bar and bar tender, friendly Michelle. Adjacent outdoor car open only to the Yuma, at least on this day. We had an included champagne toast at departure and were given an ample and fresh assortment of pre boxed snack. The train cars were decorated so lovely for Christmas with lights and balls & trains! The scenery is beautiful , the tunnel exhilarating -more so on the way back. Stopping to move the engine to the other end for the return trip was interesting and we learned that the last 20 min of the movie How the West was Won was filmed right there! My two favorite things overall was the amazing soundtrack played throughout the journey- all train themed music from all generations and all genres. Someone worked very hard to put that soundtrack together. AND my second equally fav thing was our car hostess Joy Marie. She loves her job, and therefore is extremely involved with her guests and making sure we all saw the important rock formations and heard all the history of the train engines and cars, landscape & geology. The way it’s set up is like you’re on a private train tour with your hostess because it’s just us in the car with her, laughing and learning and dancing! One on one attention for all on board. It’s as if the rest of the train cars of guests don’t exist and it’s truly enjoyable. She really enhanced the whole experience for the Yuma car. Can’t thank her enough! True asset to the company. I’m sure max numbers per car are down due to COVID but that actually made it better! All wore masks when in the car except when eating or drinking. On the airy and chilly outdoor viewing car many unmasked. I mention this just so you know how it goes. The Depot was also lovely with a nice gift shop, snack bar for lunch , small train museum and other things to see & do. Top notch experience that we recommend for a relaxing day of beauty & knowledge.